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43 Commando - L119A1

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43 Commando Fleet Protection Group

A Royal Marine with 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines takes aim with a L119a1 carbine during Exercise Tartan Eagle, 2014.

Tartan Eagle is an annual joint exercise with 43 Commando's U.S. counterparts in the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment's Recapture Tactics Teams. 43 Commando and the Recapture Tactics Teams protect their respective country's naval nuclear arsenals. Now in its 20th iteration, Tartan Eagle is a series of joint training exercises that enable both units to share tactics, equipment and form bonds.

This photo is a rare glimpse of the L119a1 in use with 43 Commando. The weapon, which is manufactured by Colt Canada, was initially purchased for the Special Forces i.e. 22 SAS and the SBS. It has also been used by 16 Air Assault Brigade's Pathfinder Platoon. The Royal Military Police's Close Protection Unit also employ the L119A1, typically configured with a 10 inch barrel - the same setup as being wielded by the Royal Marine shown above. This Royal Marine's L119A1 is fitted with a Trijicon Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) augmented with with a microdot reflex sight for close quarters engagements.

U.S. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Chad McMeen

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